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3 Best Games of The Week - 31 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Saturday, 23 April 2016 10:12

KaryakinFor this week's edition of 3 best games we have selected three games played in the recently finished Candidates Tournament won by the Russian GM Karjakin.

Nakamura was unlucky in the tournament of not getting a better result.


Game 1: 

Nakamura was unlucky in the tournament of not getting a better result. Sure he was disappointed, nevertheless he played great chess. In this game he beats Anand with a very interesting (new) idea in the English opening. White lures black into going after a misplaced knight on h4 but then he launches a strong counter attack that opens the position.

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Game 2: 

Another English opening was played. It was a surprise to see so many English openings played in this tournament. It is likely that the players were trying to get the most of their games as white and avoid equal positions that 1.e4 e5 could bring. To do this, this opening choice was probably the best. Anand was caught againt in preparation by Caruana who improved on white's play from a previous Aronian-Anand encounter in St. Louis.

Game 3:

The most dramatic game of the tournament. Caruana was in a difficult situation to begin with because he needed to win as black; it was the only way for him. He played the classical Sicilian and obtained fairly decent chances but one single mistake cost him the game. We look more into it here:

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About the Authors:

Raluca Sgîrcea


WGM Raluca Sgîrcea is an active chess player and teaching chess for over two years.  European champion U10, winner of several Romanian national championship medals, Woman International Master title since 2011. One Woman Grandmaster norm. Highest FIDE rating 2302.


Renier Castellanos


IM Renier Castellanos is an active chess player and trainer for over 10 years, have worked for Chessbase and done live commentary on several major events, winner of many international tournaments. One Grandmaster norm. Highest FIDE rating 2529.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 23 April 2016 10:14
 

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